Sociology Thesis

Subject 166-528 (2009)

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Credit Points: 37.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with the supervisor over two consecutive semesters of enrolment, as well as participation in thesis writing seminars
Total Time Commitment: Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in sociology.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr. Tim Marjoribanks
Subject Overview: This subject constitutes a thesis of 12 000 words on an approved topic and supervised through the sociology program.
  • have an ability to undertake a literature review to constitute a field of inquiry;
  • have an ability to develop a sustained piece of research exploring a sociological question;
  • have an ability to demonstrate a good knowledge of sociological work in the area of their thesis;
  • have an ability to integrate theory and appropriate data;
  • have an ability to engage with debates in contemporary sociology on the basis of their research.
Assessment: A thesis of 12 000 words 100% (due in October for students who commenced in semester one and June for students who commenced in semester two).
Prescribed Texts:
  • Constructing Social Research (C Ragin) Pine Forge Press 1994
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be able to conceptualise and plan a substantial project of original research;
  • be able to present material in draft form and engaging productively with a supervisor;
  • be able to consolidate and enhance established skills in engaging creatively with a critical field;
  • be able to synthesise critical arguments and debates;
  • test and develop new research methods in relation to ongoing debates;
  • enhance drafting and writing skills, in both a critical and creative manner;
  • manage time and study resources over a sustained period of time.
Notes: This is a compulsory component of the Sociology Honours and Postgraduate Diploma programs.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Sociology

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